About Us

We are a firm that has been in practice for over 100 years, which is a testament to our unparalleled service and excellence. We provide legal services and expertise in all divisions of the law from Corporate and Commercial Law to Matrimonial Law, Divorce, Family Law, Litigation, Labour Law and Conveyancing and Property Law to Estate Planning, Deceased Estates, Wills and Trusts. We also have a collection department. Our Professional, well equipped staff compliment the firms leadership and uphold the standard of integrity at Lovius Block Attorneys through great service to our clients. We are one of the most recognized firms in central South Africa and have a footprint across all borders..


The firm Lovius Block came into existence in 1911. It was found by Joseph Lovius, who was admitted as an Attorney in 1910. Joseph Lovius was later joined by Louis Shtein but after the latter’s death, Dr Joseph Block joined the firm in 1955. Thereafter, in 1965 the firm amalgamated with Cecil Meltz who had been practising on his own since after the 2nd World War. Soon thereafter Colin Cowan and Hendrik Steyn joined as partners. The firm’s name then changed to Lovius Block Meltz&Cowan. Dr Block died in 1972 and Colin Cowan left the firm in 1973 when Peter Yazbek became Partner, after having served five years articles of clerkship with the firm from 1968. The name then changed to Lovius Block Meltz Steyn & Yazbek and continued as such for some time. However, for practical reasons, it was soon changed to the presently known name of Lovius Block. Charl Stander joined the firm in 1982 and after serving articles of clerkship became a Partner in 1985. Ockert Van Schalkwyk and Charles Dell both of whom did their articles of clerkship at the firm came on board as Partners in 1995. Cecil Meltz passed away untimeously during November that same year. Duncan Murray, after joining the firm in 2010 as a Candidate Attorney, came on board as a Partner in 2015. The current Directors are Peter Yazbek, Charl Stander, Ockie Van Schalkwyk, Charles Dell and Duncan Murray. The Directors are assisted by Herklaas Venter, Jannie Keyl and Uyleta Nel. We also have an in house cost consultant in Sandra van Wyck. In December 2005 Lovius Block moved to its current premises situated at 31 First Avenue, Westdene, Bloemfontein. This was an important move so as to provide for much needed office space for its growing firm and to offer more specialized and improved facilities for its clients as well as safe and adequate parking. The firm is a member of the MSI Global Alliance, an independent network of Legal and Accounting Firms throughout the world. This membership gives the firm access to correspondents and international Attorneys throughout the world.



Our firm prides itself on acting as Correspondent Attorneys for law firms falling outside our Jurisdiction. We have a strong Appeal Court practice and are able to assist in all matters in the High and Magistrates Court as well.

Attorneys: Peter Yazbek, Ockert van Schalkwyk, Duncan Murray


We have experts in the drafting of all agreements, including but not limited to: lease agreements, sale of business agreements, agreements for transfer of interests in companies and close corporations as well as partnership agreements. We are also able to assist you in the formation of companies.
Attorneys: Peter Yazbek, Charl Stander, Charles Dell


Not only do we have a strong contingent of experts but have also over the years developed close liaisons with various members of the Bar.
Our litigation department is led by three partners with the assistance of practising attorneys in the Appeal, High and Magistrates Court. Over the years, we have assisted our client’s in all fields of litigation, including Urgent Applications, Divorce and Civil Trials.
Attorneys: Peter Yazbek; Ockert van Schalkwyk, Duncan Murray, Jannie Keyl


We are able to assist you in the collection of monies owed to you, regardless of whether you have a large collection portfolio or a single claim.
We are experts in the increasingly specialised and legislated field of debt collection and cater for clients with any collection matter.
We understand that cash flow is the heart of any business and that prompt collection of debt is of the utmost importance.
The needs of clients differ and as a result we are able to offer a tailor-made package which caters for your specific requirements.
Attorneys: Peter Yazbek; Ockert van Schalkwyk, Duncan Murray


The transfer of property is a specialised area of the law for which one needs the services of a conveyancer.
Our conveyancing department is led by two partners with the assistance of a practicing attorney and share many years of experience and offer a full range of conveyancing services.
Attorneys: Charl Stander, Charles Dell, Uyleta Nel


The firm prides itself on the fact that it has two notaries on board. As a result we are able to assist with the drafting of all notarial agreements, the most common of which are Ante-Nuptial Contracts entered into between parties prior to their marriage, as well as the registration of Notarial Bonds.
Attorneys: Charles Dell, Uyleta Nel


South Africa’s Labour Law governs the relationship between employer and employee in both the private and public sectors.
We assist with the handling of complex matters which includes matters before the CCMA or Bargaining Councils, Labour Court, Labour Appeal Court, High Court and Constitutional Court.
Our Labour department is led by two partners with vast experience in the drafting of collective agreements, employment contracts, disciplinary codes and procedures as well as fixed term contracts. They can further assist with arbitration and litigation of labour disputes.

Attorneys: Charles Dell, Duncan Murray, Jannie Keyl, Elsie Louw



Our Criminal law department is led by Herklaas Venter who has over 20 years of experience, both as a prosecutor as well as a defense attorney.

Attorney: Herklaas Venter

At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.

- Aristotle -


Meet the people that are going to help you and be of service to you.

Peter Yazbek
Peter Yazbek

Senior Partner

Head of High/Appeals Court Admitted 1973 Attorneys Admission

    Charles Dell
    Charles Dell

    Senior Partner


      Charl Stander
      Charl Stander

      Senior Partner


        Ockie Van Schalckwyk
        Ockie Van Schalckwyk

        Senior Partner

        [admitted 1990] BA B.PROC

          Duncan Murray
          Duncan Murray


          [admitted 2012] B.COM LAW LLB

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            31 First Avenue, Westdene Bloemfontein, Free State
            E-mail: ‎pdy@lvba.co.za Phone: (051) 430 3874